NSF Awards $29m to Cybersecurity Scholarships
The foundation is making the award to support the urgent need for more cybersecurity professionals in the United States.
"As cyber-threats continue to evolve in complexity, so must our approaches to cybersecurity education and our workforce," said NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan.
They added: "The cybersecurity talent shortage remains a critical issue in the United States, with businesses and government agencies alike struggling to fill critical cybersecurity positions."
NSF will distribute the money to eight universities over the next five years as part of its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program, which has already funded projects at 82 universities in 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Students must agree to work in a government cybersecurity role following graduation to be accepted onto the scholarship program.
Training provided through the scholarships will address topics including autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, next-generation cybersecurity engineering and aviation and aerospace cybersecurity.
"To address the demand for dedicated cybersecurity professionals, particularly in government agencies, the US National Science Foundation is investing in eight new CyberCorps Scholarship for Service grants," said the NSF in